Sugar Plums and Latkes

As soon as Hanukkah was done and if Christmas wasn’t too close on its heels, there came a procession of goodies that included pfeffernuss, egg nog and brightly decorated sugar cookies just to name a few. Christmas was the time when the big presents were given and received in our house. Being Jewish, we never went so far to have a tree to put them under on Christmas Eve, so we designated the fireplace in the den as the official celebration site. There my brother and I would hang stockings from the mantle and in front we would pile all the gifts to be exchanged by both our immediate and our extended family of aunts’ uncles and cousins. It was also the place where the above-mentioned goodies (including mandel bread) would be laid out on the big night so Santa could have a snack when he finished filling our orders.

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Anthony Bourdain

Tony’s been referred to in these memorials as a rebel, a bad boy, a pirate captain, a celebrated culinarian, and other adjectives trying to describe one of the most complex people we’ve ever known or met.

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